New Lands, New Men: America and the Second Great Age of Discovery / Edition 1

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In New Lands, New Men, the third volume in his award-winning Exploration Trilogy, one of America’s leading historians tells the dramatic story of three centuries of exploration that witnessed Europeans exploring the Pacific and Northwest, Americans setting out across their own immense continent, and finally, Americans exploring new worlds: the oceans, Japan, the polar regions.

Spanning the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, the Second Great Age of Discovery was marked by the Enlightenment’s ideals of science and progress. Explorers from James Cook to George Catlin, from Charles Wilkes to Matthew Maury, trained as scientists intent on precise observation and gathered information that would transform natural history and botany into systematic inquiries, place geography and cartography on their modern footing, and launch the newer sciences of geology and oceanography. And the artists accompanying these explorers would have as tremendous an impact, their renditions of spectacular terrains, of customs and costumes of exotic tribes inspiring the birth of Romanticism.

William H. Goetzmann writes in absorbing detail about the remarkable adventures of the explorers and the explosive rise of American science. America was truly exploration’s nation—a culture of endless possibilities, continually looking forward in the direction of the new. New Lands, New Men illuminates America’s rise to cultural and scientific prominence—and transforms our understanding of America’s role in world history.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Goetzmann chronicles the events of three centuries of exploration, considering their impact on social, cultural, and political history.

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Library Journal
With this volume Goetzmann completes the study on science and the exploration of the American West that he began with Exploration and Empire (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize) and continued in Army Exploration in the American West . Here he examines scientific development on an international scale, relating advances in Europe to the American scene, and showing how the explorations of Europeans facilitated the development of the American West and the work of American scientists, explorers, and artists. The scope is vast, spanning the 17th through 19th centuries in Europe and America. Based on printed sources (listed in the extensive bibliography), this work is most appropriate for public and undergraduate libraries. Frances Groen, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal McPhee, John. Rising from the Plains.
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Meet the Author

WILLIAM H. GOETZMANN is the Jack S. Blanton, Sr., Professor of American History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of many award-winning books and articles, including Exploration and Empire, which won the Pulitzer Prize for American History in 1967, and Army Exploration in the American West (both in print with the Texas State Historical Association).
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
I The Cosmic Voyagers 3
II The North American Adventure 61
III A Continental Consciousness 97
IV The Fur Trader as Explorer 127
V Humboldt's Children 150
VI "The Whole World Is an America, a New World" 229
VII Exploration and Empires for Science 265
VIII Two Roads to Discovery: An Intellectual Drama 298
IX From Manifest Destiny to Survival of the Fittest 331
X Time and the Heroic Age of Geological Exploration 399
XI "On, Beyond Greenland's Icy Mountains" 419
Acknowledgments 457
Bibliographical Notes 461
Index 507
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